Iranian Navy Foils Pirate Attack on Oil Tanker

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Iranian state television said on March 8th that the country’s naval forces had intervened to repel pirates who attacked an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden, Reuters has reported.

The broadcast said pirates in 11 speedboats attacked a tanker with a cargo of 150,000 tons on March 7th. It showed naval forces opening fire on speedboats, without saying whether the footage was from the latest incident.

Iran’s navy has extended its reach in recent years, dispatching vessels to the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to protect Iranian ships from Somali pirates.